The same movie the LA Angels have been playing since 2015 is getting old.
The best player in the MLB for 10 years running, some would argue, has made the playoffs one time in the past decade, getting bumped from the playoffs in the ALDS against the Royals.
The Angels have had talent, and have made obvious efforts to put winning teams on the field since 2014.
However, since that playoff birth in 2014, the Angels have proceeded to put one -yes, one – winning team on the field, going 85-77 in 2015. The Angels records for the following years were:
2020: 26-34 (60-game season)
For a team with the best player in the world, and now another generational talent emerging in Shohei Ohtani, that is downright unacceptable. Although ERA doesn’t tell the whole story, it is a good indicator of how a staff is performing, and how well a bullpen is shutting down high-leverage scenarios. The Angels ranking in the MLB by team ERA since 2016:
2016: 21st (4.28)
2017: 12th (4.20)
2018: 19th (4.15)
2019: 25th (5.12)
2020: 25th (5.09)
2021: 22nd (4.68)
Clearly, the front office addressing the Angels pitching staff and bullpen is long overdue. Here are 3 moves that the front office needs to make to address the team’s pitching woes.